2012 — The Year in Review: Disney California Adventure’s adventurous new beginnings

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Buena Vista Street, Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort

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Published on December 31, 2012 at 6:25 am with 14 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy wrote the long-running weekly Dateline Disneyland photo, news and opinion blog here on MiceChat from 2007-2016. Andy continues to make occasional special guest contributions on MiceChat.

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  • Trumpet

    Great Review Andy

    DCA has come along way, and I can’t wait to see the changes that will follow in the next few years. One question, what was wrong about DJ’s show in Cars Land? I never saw it, but could some Micechatters tell me what made the show not as good as some of the other offerings. Also, did anyone see Red’s show in Cars Land? I know in August, there was no room foer any perforamances.

    Heres to another year of Dateline Disneyland *Raises Wine Class*

    Thanks Again Andy, and I can’t wait to see what happens at the Disneyland Resort in 2013.


  • eicarr

    Man, what a shockingly perfect makeover year for DCA aside for the loss of ElecTRONica for the less cool T Party. DCA word of mouth is so strong that slowly over the next few years attendance will only go up and up from the likes of my neighbors who once vowed to “never go to that stinker DCA park ever again.” Memories of “who wants to be a millionaire” and the ugly entrance street will be hard to overcome… but word of mouth from 2012 improvements should do it over time.

    I had my doubts about a restaurant being inside the Carthey Circle, but now I can’t see it any other way. Everything new this year is so well thought out it makes me feel like I’m in a park I’ve loved and felt at home at for decades.

    2012 DCA gave me hope for tomorrowland.

  • mratigan

    Thanks Andy
    That really puts the expansion in a new perspective

  • Malin

    Thanks for the second year in Review. DCA has come along way and is now a worthy second park. Can we say the same about DHS, DAK or WDS.

  • rstar

    It is amazing how much got done in 2012! Thanks for the trip back in review!

  • KCmike

    great review, thanks so much

  • Carnation Dave

    Awesome review! Thanks for the effort and quality of the review. Happy New Year Everyone!

  • dlpostcardguy

    Thanks Andy, Norm, Todd, Al and all the folks at Miceage/Micechat for all the wonderful coverage during 2012! I really enjoyed it (with anticipation) every week. It was certainly a great year at the Disneyland resort. Happy and safe New Year to everyone! – Ron

  • Joshnyah

    Great reporting and great photos, what a year. It felt like the walls were up for a decade, reading this makes me really kick myself for not planning ahead and attending the New Years event tonight. I could not think of anywhere else as fitting as Disneyland to start the new year. I hope those going out tonight have a safe warm holiday. Happy new year.

  • unclemike

    Thanks for the year in review! What a great year DCA has had–hopefully this will prove to Disney that, if you spend the money to make a quality product, the guests will come, over and over again.

  • garyman

    Great Update as always, Good year in review

  • whamo

    I can’t wait for the crowds to go down so I can go back to the park in peace. LOL.

  • RodeToad

    Well done!

  • disneylandfan8

    What a beautiful review of the wonderful year Disney’s California experienced!

    The photos are all stunning!